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Multimodal 2019 set to attract 9000 visitors in its 12th year

Multimodal 2019 set to attract 9000 visitors in its 12th year

This year’s Multimodal exhibition will be held at the Birmingham NEC from 18-20th June. Over 300 exhibitors will be showcasing products, technologies and innovations that have been developed to support transport and logistics activities throughout the UK and Ireland. As the 12th staging of the event, Multimodal 2019 is expected to attract in excess of 9000 visitors across the three days of the show. 

Multimodal 2019 will build on previous successes to ensure that every mode of transport is highlighted including road, rail, sea and air. Apart from exhibitor stands, the show will feature a host of networking opportunities and a daily education programme covering all aspects of the entire supply chain. In fact, this complementary blend of activities has been designed to provide opportunities for all stakeholders to meet, gain industry insights and grow their professional networks and businesses.

The exhibition will also include a Shippers Village as a vibrant forum for freight buyers and logistics suppliers to meet on a bilateral basis to discuss business opportunities in dedicated meeting rooms.

Multimodal 2019’s education programme will feature seminars and workshops spearheaded by industry insiders and thought leaders bringing their experience and expertise to create discussion and debate on the most pertinent issues affecting the industry today.

Keynote speakers include John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Transport Intelligence and Jeremy Nixon of Ocean Network Express (ONE) who will be sharing his outlook for the shipping industry.

A host of exhibitors from leading national and international logistics service providers will participate at Multimodal 2019, with the confirmed list including ONE, Cosco Shipping Lines (UK) Ltd, Associated British Ports, Samskip, Jigsaw Transport, CMA CGM Group and Agility.

Day one of the programme focuses on disruption, and John Manners-Bell, CEO of Transport Intelligence, will kick off the discussion with his views on why logistics is vulnerable to disruption.

In the afternoon, Peter Ward, Chief Executive Officer of UKWA will be speaking and leading a surgery examining opportunities for success in the new digital world as the closing session.

Day two of the event will feature a workshop on adapting to a changing industry with Sue Terpilowski of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA), and association chairs from The British International Freight Association (BIFA), Cargo iQ, and the Cool Chain Association (CCA).

The show’s third day will focus on recruiting, retaining and engaging new talent in the industry. Speakers from BIFA, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and Career Ready will share the discussion floor with speakers from the next generation of transport professionals. 

The latest transport tech will also be the subject of debate during the education programme, with seminars on Blockchain and digitalisation in the industry.

Multimodal also provides the space for UK associations to come together and build connections between their members.

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, will be hosting a pavilion at Multimodal 2019, giving member organisations the opportunity to exhibit. UKWA will also be participating with other transport associations in Multimodal 2019’s seminar and workshop line-up.

UKWA’s Peter Ward will be chairing a panel with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Rail Freight Group and the Road Haulage Association to discuss the challenges and opportunities of cross-industry cooperation. 

BIFA will be hosting a dedicated surgery where Robert Keen, Director General of the organisation will be available to answer questions and discuss the industry’s most pressing topics. Also, James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA will be on hand to answer questions from members in a surgery on day two.

A popular highlight of the event are the Multimodal Awards, which are presented to winners at a gala dinner and awards ceremony which, this year, will hosted by snooker legend Steve Davis.

The awards recognise exceptional business and individual contributions to the logistics industry in categories that span all the sectors, including Shipper of the Year, Young Logistics Professional of the Year, and Multimodal Personality of the Year Award.

Nominations for the services awards, which include Air Cargo Operator of the Year and 3PL of the Year, are voted for by the thousands of readers of the Multimodal newsletter, exhibitors at Multimodal 2019, and FTA members.

The awards ceremony and dinner will be held on the evening of the first day of Multimodal 2019.